ECNP Course on Anxiety Disorders

Registration — E-learnings

Aim of the course
The Executive Committee, together with the Educational Committee and the ECNP Networks, has developed the ECNP Courses to broaden the range of its educational activities for both clinical and non-clinical scientists. As part of this endeavour, interested individuals can enroll in an innovative two-year course, comprising colloquia, live e-learnings, directed reading and report submission, leading to recognition by ECNP of achieving specialist expertise in anxiety disorders. This course has been developed by the ECNP Anxiety Disorders Research Network (ADRN) and the ECNP Educational Committee and it will be presented as a first pilot. No registration fee is charged for the pilot courses (full course and e-learning only). In return ECNP will request participants to give feedback on the course at set times during the two years. This feedback will be used for potential development of similar courses.

Who can participate
This course is designed to be suitable for two main constituencies:

  • Clinicians working in mental health services (principally, psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, and mental health pharmacists) who wish to extend their expertise in anxiety disorders
  • Laboratory-based researchers with an interest in pre-clinical and translational investigations of the mechanisms underlying anxiety and the response to treatments for anxiety disorders

Possession of a relevant undergraduate degree is essential, and possession of a relevant postgraduate degree or similar completed professional qualification is desirable.

The course and all related communication will be in English.

How to participate
There are two ways to follow the course:

  1. Selected for the complete two-year course including two in-person colloquia
    A limited group of participants is selected by a review committee on the basis of their career potential. For these selected participants, the course takes two years and consist of a series of directed reading, participation in 20 live e-learnings (participate in 15 to finish the course), an assessment and two in-person colloquia on the Friday afternoon/evening before the 36th ECNP Congress in Barcelona and the 37th ECNP Congress in Milan. There is no registration fee for this pilot course. In return participants agree to provide feedback several times during the course to be enable ECNP to evaluate the pilot.
    Registration for the 36th ECNP Congress Barcelona 2023 (purchased via the congress website) and the 37th ECNP Congress Milan 2024 is mandatory. Travel and hotel accommodation is at own cost of the participant.
    Writing an assessment after the full course is required. Attendance will be recorded.

    It is no longer possible to apply for the whole two-year course. The deadline was 3 May 2023.
  2. Join the live e-learnings only
    Interested individuals can join the e-learning sessions. Participants can follow the live e-learnings per block of five sessions, but will not be invited to the in-person colloquia or asked to submit as written assessment. They will have access to the direct reading material.
    There is no registration fee for the pilot course. In return, participants agree to provide feedback after the live e-learnings to enable ECNP to evaluate the pilot.

    Registration for the e-learnings 
    It is possible to register for live e-learnings up to two days before the start of a module.

    Register here

The two-year course consists of:

  • Directed reading
    Participants should read two or three key papers linked to each key topic, and to reflect upon 2-3 learning points for each paper, in advance of attending live e-learnings in which they would discuss their responses with their peers and the facilitator. A link to pdf versions of all key papers will be provided, and data will be collected on when papers are downloaded.

  • Live e-learnings
    ECNP will host a series of one hour-long live e-learnings on key topics presented by experts within the ADRN Network; participants are expected to attend at least 15 live e-learnings. Each e-learning will have a moderator in addition to the expert speaker. E-learnings will include questions-and-answers for discussion, in the manner of an Educational Update Sessions.

    The e-learning sessions are grouped and follow a course from phenomenology via aetiology to treatment, and address both trans-diagnostic concerns and specific points relating to particular conditions.

All e-learnings take place on a Thursday from 16.00-17.00 CET (Central European Time)/CEST (Central European Summer Time).

Module 1
Moderator: David Baldwin

Date   Topic    Speaker
 1 June 2023  Classification and phenomenology  Katharina Domschke, Germany
 15 June 2023  Generalised anxiety disorder  David Baldwin, United Kingdom
 29 June 2023  Pre-clinical models of anxiety and anxiety disorders  David Slattery, Germany
 7 September 2023  Genetics of anxiety traits and disorders  Iris Hovatta, Finland
 21 September 2023  Neurocognitive models of anxiety disorders  Matt Garner, United Kingdom

Module 2

Moderator: David Baldwin

 Date Topic    Speaker
 9 November 2023  Experimental medicine models of anxiety disorders
 Koen Schruers, The Netherlands
 23 November 2023  Emerging targets in psychopharmacology  Nicolas Singewald, Austria
 18 January 2024  Early intervention for anxiety disorders   Bernardo dell’ Osso, Italy
 1 February 2024  Neuroimaging of anxiety disorders  Nic van der Wee, The Netherlands
 Janna Marie Bas-Hoogendam, The Netherlands

Module 3
Moderator: David Baldwin (15 and 29 February; 18 April and 2 May)
Moderator for 4 April: Paolo Brambilla

 Date  Topic  Speaker
 15 February 2024  Digital mental health and anxiety disorders    Eduard Maron, Estonia
 29 February 2024  Epidemiology of anxiety disorders  Frank Jacobi, Germany
 4 April 2024  Panic disorder   Borwin Bandelow, Germany
 18 April 2024  Social anxiety disorder  Dan Stein, South Africa
 2 May 2024  Separation anxiety disorder  Stefano Pini, Italy

Module 4
Moderator: tba

 Date  Topic   Speaker
 16 May 2024   Current pharmacological treatments  Simon Davies, UK/Canada
 30 May 2024  Current and emerging psychological treatments  Julius Burkauskas, Lithuania
 13 June 2024  Neuromodulatory treatments  Stefano Pallanti, Italy
 27 June 2024  Virtual reality based treatments  Peter Zwanzger, Germany
 11 July 2024  Self-help strategies and mutual aid  Nicky Lidbetter, United Kingdom


  • Assessment (only for participants selected for the full course)
    Selected participants are required to submit a 3,000-word report, focused on evidence-based management of three patients (for clinicians) or laboratory work relating to anxiety (pre-clinical scientists). Reports will be assessed by two markers (drawn from the ADRN Network and the Educational Committee) who will agree whether or not the report meets pre-specified standards.

  • Colloquium (only for participants selected for the full course)
    The colloquium provides participants a face to face meeting, organised on Friday 6 October 2023 from 15.00-20.00 CEST (Central European Summer Time) in Barcelona, prior to the 36th ECNP Congress. The programme will have two 2-hour sessions each with four topics and includes a dinner for networking. The second colloquium will take place on the Friday before the 37th ECNP Congress in Milan.

  • Certificate of completion (only for participants selected for the full course)
    Based on evidence of accessing key papers, participation in at least 15 e-learnings, participation at the colloquia and submission of a satisfactory report, a certificate of achieving specialist expertise in anxiety disorders will be awarded.

How to apply 
It is no longer possible to apply for the full two-year course. The deadline was 3 May 2023.

During the application process, applicants were asked to upload the following:

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)

A motivation letter (250-1,000 words) to explain, in the applicant’s own words, why they would like to attend, is mandatory to fill in.
All text and documents needed to be in English.